You Know the Way
You Know the Way
by Josh Caudill
"And you know the way to where I am going," Jesus says to his disciples in John 14:4.
Thomas, speaking on behalf of the whole party of disciples, retorts that they cannot know the way to where Jesus is going because they do not know where Jesus is heading.
And, I must say, it seems like Thomas has an excellent point. His logic checks out: without knowing the destination, how can one have any grasp of the proper trajectory for his or her journey?
In Redeemer Youth, we are walking through the stories of the Old Testament that are recalled in Hebrews 11. We're nearly to the story of the calling of Abraham, and I think that he is recorded in this chapter of the "Heroes of the Faith" because he understood the call of God in a way that Thomas clearly didn't. And seeing as I resonate so much with Thomas' response here, it's likely that I often miss this deep truth as well.
God called Abraham, saying "Go from your country...to the land that I will show you" (Genesis 12:1). God says that He will show him, but He does not do so yet. So Abraham is given a call: not to something specific, but from somewhere. God calls Abraham to leave his home and to follow God in faith that He will lead him well.
Likewise, Jesus' call is somewhat baffling, and demands a great deal of faith. To be clear, Jesus actually does give quite a bit of information about where He is going--from His warnings of His impending death to His proclamation, in this very chapter, that He is going to his "Father's house." But Jesus does say this:
"Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do" -John 14:12, emphasis added.
Greater works than those of Jesus? This is an intimidating call, and arguably an imprecise one. Indeed, it is frightening. But it is this very call which requires deep faith. Faith like Abraham demonstrated. Faith that God will shepherd and lead you from, even when you do not know where quite where to.
Jesus calls us to know Him and to know the Father. He calls us to repentance, to discipleship, and to action. We know not always what the path will look like, or through what difficulties we will be lead, but we have faith that the Way draws us into the heart of the Father, and we know that, wherever the path leads us to, it leads us from ourselves, our sin, and our pride.
So will you follow? Will you place your trust in this Way? Will you take the hand of Jesus as he guides you today, and tomorrow, and the next day?
Grace & Peace